Best Ways to Protect Your Furniture from Sticky Fingers

 

Beautiful and new furnishings would look fantastic in your home, but you might also have to think about small children who tend to touch everything in sight. Keeping your home clean and free from clutter and messes can become a full-time job, but there are some steps that can make it simpler to protect your furniture .

Buy a Fabric Protector 
Most often this handy substance comes in an aerosol can and can be purchased at a department or grocery store. Spray it on your upholstered pieces, and allow to dry. If you feel like it is necessary, go ahead and spray a second layer on. For large chairs and sofas, realize that you may need two or three cans. This process will make it easier for the fabric to deter soil and stains, and you will also be able to wipe it down more effectively when needed. 

Using Removable Covers or Slipcovers 
Purchase upholstered furniture with removable covers, or buy attractive slipcovers for existing pieces. If you have sofas and chairs re-upholstered, add zippers to the covers of cushions so they can be easily removed and laundered. These steps make cleaning this type of furniture so much faster and easier. 

Designating Off Limit Areas 
If you have the space, make special areas off limits to your younger children. Use these for special occasions, and for the adults in the family. Make a rule that no food can leave the kitchen area. They will learn to respect certain rooms, and navigate to their own rooms or the family room when ready to play. 

Asking the Professionals 
When you purchase new furnishing or decor, inquire as to the best methods and products to use to clean and protect your new belongings. Read any materials that accompany your selections, and follow the instructions to the letter. Write, email, or call the manufacturer if you have further questions about the cleaning or upkeep on your furniture. Many furniture retailers like The Dump, even have search tools on their sites so you can find items by material and fabric before you decide to buy.

Your home is your pride and joy. If you want it to look more clean and presentable, follow these tips to help prevent stains and spills. The next time you are ready to buy a new dining, living room, family room, or bedroom set, you won’t have to hesitate because you have the know-how to care for it in the best way possible. 

 

By Erica Buteau

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